testimony

[tes-tuh-moh-nee, or, esp. British, -muh-nee]
noun, plural testimonies.
1.
Law. the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court.
2.
evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof.
3.
open declaration or profession, as of faith.
4.
Usually, testimonies. the precepts of God.
5.
the Decalogue as inscribed on the two tables of the law, or the ark in which the tables were kept. Ex. 16:34; 25:16.
6.
Archaic. a declaration of disapproval; protest.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin testimōnium, equivalent to testi(s) witness + -mōnium -mony

pretestimony, noun, plural pretestimonies.
retestimony, noun, plural retestimonies.


1. deposition, attestation. See evidence. 2. corroboration. 3. affirmation.
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testimony (ˈtɛstɪmənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  a declaration of truth or fact
2.  law evidence given by a witness, esp orally in court under oath or affirmation
3.  evidence testifying to something: her success was a testimony to her good luck
4.  Old Testament
 a.  the Ten Commandments, as inscribed on the two stone tables
 b.  the Ark of the Covenant as the receptacle of these (Exodus 25:16; 16:34)
 
[C15: from Latin testimōnium, from testis witness]

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testimony
late 14c., "the Ten Commandments," from L.L. testimonium (Vulgate), along with Gk. to martyrion (Septuagint), translations of Heb. 'eduth "attestation, testimony" (of the Decalogue), from 'ed "witness." Meaning "evidence, statement of a witness" first recorded early 15c., from O.Fr. testimonie (11c.),
from L. testimonium "evidence, proof, testimony," from testis "witness" (see testament) + -monium, suffix signifying "action, state, condition."
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Testimony definition


(1.) Witness or evidence (2 Thess. 1:10). (2.) The Scriptures, as the revelation of God's will (2 Kings 11:12; Ps. 19:7; 119:88; Isa. 8:16, 20). (3.) The altar raised by the Gadites and Reubenites (Josh. 22:10).

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Example sentences
Her cogent testimony challenged the committee members, providing solid evidence
  contrary to their accusations.
Jurors look at testimony and judge whether a defendant is guilty or not guilty.
His parade of witnesses has failed to develop any testimony on spying.
We are only beginning to realize how unreliable eyewitness testimony can
  sometimes be.
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